Broadway and City Hall in New York (Brodway-Gatan Och Rådhuset i New York)

Artist: Carl Fredrik Akrell (Swedish, 1779–1868)

Artist: After Axel Klinckowström (Swedish, 1775–1837)

Date: 1824

Medium: Etching and aquatint

Dimensions: image: 8 1/16 x 15 1/4 in. (20.5 x 38.7 cm)
sheet: 15 7/16 x 21 7/16 in. (39.2 x 54.5 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924

Accession Number: 24.90.1320

Description

Duncan Phyfe's furniture workshop and warehouse stood on Fulton Street, a major east-west thoroughfare in nineteenth-century Manhattan. Constructed in 1816 and named in honor of Robert Fulton, the pioneer of steamboat transportation, Fulton Street connected three small, previously disjointed roads into a major commercial avenue. In this print, the viewer looks north from the intersection of Broadway and Fulton toward City Hall (built 1813). By 1820, this area had become a shopping destination for New York's fashionable and sophisticated elite. To the far left of the image is the northernmost column of Saint Paul's pedimented facade.

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